Metal ships – Tecnomar Alloy 5083, built to plane or to displace with a size range between 33 and 56 metres – as well as yachts and sailing superyachts – Grp or aluminium built techno-sailing boats, from 60’ – to 100’ will soon join Tecnomar’s range of composite built motoryachts made up of four flying – bridge models – the Niadara from 30 to 45 metres – and three “open” boats – the Velvets which range from 30 to 42 metres. For the time being leaving tomorrow’s projects behind, this boat yard from Tuscany has recently launched Velvet 36 which compared to its predecessor’s 35 from which it derives, brings with it several interesting novelties.
Is it a challenge, an ambitious project, or perhaps a way to come back stronger than ever? The new Tecnomar deal officially approved by Giuseppe Costantino – with a successful manager’s track record under his belt, is today an entrepreneur, as well as President and CEO, for this Tuscan yard who in the course of a press conference held March last in Milan revealed what he has in mind for this brand name that has up until now concentrated on producing “sporty” boats, which were principally known for being fast – Tecnomar first began to build boats in the mid eighties from the cinders left behind by Bruno Benetti a well known “ offshore” motor yacht builder – who evolved to ship building, then on to luxury superyacht “open” boats and to flying bridge ones that have enjoyed considerable success in Mediterranean waters mainly and principally in Italy.
Today’s Tecnomar is certainly looking towards a more international market by having taken part in several international boat shows namely the ones in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and Beirut with 12 new attractive projects which include sailboats and that are aimed at a wide ranging clientèle without forgetting the past, what came before and how and what brought the yard to the present times. Certainly there will be a Grp. motorboat line made up of seven boats, which continues and will continue to be of great interest for its evolving technical and design contents as already seen in the most recently launched models. The superyacht we’re presenting here, originally derives from what was called Velvet 35, designed by Luca Dini, the in house design team Centro Stile and designer Ioanna Marinopoulos called in by the owner to develop the interiors of his boat as well have installed a number of innovative solutions to enhance comfort, greater views and conviviality. The bulwark opposite the saloon has been lowered on each side so as to increase sea view from within but also to make the saloon brighter still with added natural light. The lateral glazed panelling has been modified to become a single larger spread which creates a pleasant contrast with the white superstructure making it lighter still. The bow too sports a number of significant changes in layout: a circular dining area which can double as a sun soaking one for tan fans with a lounge corner as an alternative to the cockpit has replaced the classic sunbathing zone. The lounge corner offers added privacy when tied up stern to. Still on the subject of the external layout, today’s Velvet 36 boasts a more than accentuated flying bridge which is firmly installed into the structure along the coachroof top on which there’s not only room for a large tender (which can also fit into the appropriate stern hangar)but also for another open air L shaped lounge area.
Other distinguishing hallmarks the boat enjoys are the rectangular window panels fitted into the top sides which confer added sporty looks to the hull that’s embellished by red, blue and silver stripes and the elegant full beam stern stairway which seems to blend with the sea. As in every Tecnomar model the interior layout of the Velvet 36 is customizable to suit the owners’ wishes and tastes. In this case Ms Marinopoulos has produced a minimal design yet rich in detail with contrasting whites and blacks. This appreciative leitmotif accompanies one along each deck starting with the living room area which is situated along the main deck as far as the owner and guests’ cabins along the lower deck, with two VIP cabins and two twins and again in the dining area set forward in the bow on an intermediate deck which is situated between the main deck and the lower one. Below this we come to the galley and crew quarters that are made up of three double cabins and a second galley.
Emphasis on performance is clearly visible even on a yacht of this size thanks to two 2040 KW MTU 12V 4000 M90 engines that can propel Velvet 36 to a top speed of 32 knots and a cruise speed of 28.